Review: ‘The Fortune’

The Fortune is an occasionally enjoyable comedy trifle, starring Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty as bumbling kidnappers of heiress Stockard Channing, who is excellent in her first major screen role. Very classy 1920s production values often merit more attention than the plot.

The Fortune is an occasionally enjoyable comedy trifle, starring Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty as bumbling kidnappers of heiress Stockard Channing, who is excellent in her first major screen role. Very classy 1920s production values often merit more attention than the plot.

Beatty elopes with Channing but, not yet free of a former wife, Nicholson actually marries her. Trio sets up housekeeping in Los Angeles, and after Channing is disinherited, the guys try to kill her. If lugging around a passed-out intoxicated girl in clumsy murder attempts does not offend sensibilities, then the alleged fun may be passable.

David Shire superbly recreates some old Joe Venuti-Eddi Lang jazz band arrangements.

The Fortune

Production

Columbia. Director Mike Nichols; Producer Nichols, Don Devlin; Screenplay Adrien Joyce [= Carol Eastman]; Camera John A. Alonzo; Editor Stu Linder; Music David Shire; Art Director Richard Sylbert

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1975. Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Jack Nicholson Warren Beatty Stockard Channing Florence Stanley Scatman Crothers
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